Cartier’s Love bracelet is one of the most iconic pieces of jewellery ever designed! Here are 10 little-known facts about this bracelet:
- The Cartier Love bracelet was designed in 1969 by Aldo Cipullo, who was inspired by chastity belts worn by women in Medieval times.
- The bracelet is designed in the shape of an oval to fit as closely as possible to a loved one’s wrist, and meant to be worn by both men and women.
- In the beginning, Cartier had a strict policy that no customer could purchase this bracelet for themselves – it had to be a purchased for a loved one.
- The unique screws that decorate the bracelet were inspired by the screws that are featured on the bezel of Cartier’s Santos watch.
- The iconic bracelet has two halves that come apart only with the use of its own mini screwdriver (and the help of a second person) which is perhaps characteristic to its name and usually means the wearer doesn’t take it off much.
- New York City hospitals stock Love screw drivers so they can remove the bracelet from patients’ wrists during an emergency.
- The earliest Love bracelets were made in gold plating but this classic piece of jewellery is today made in solid gold (yellow, pink or white), with or without diamonds.
- Celebrity couples that have famously worn the Cartier Love bracelet include Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, as well as Frank and Nancy Sinatra. More recently, it’s been seen on the wrists of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kylie Jenner and Pippa Middleton.
- Last year, the Love bracelet was the top-most searched jewellery item on Google.
- Due to plenty of counterfeit versions of the popular bracelet, newer models come with unique serial numbers engraved on each piece.
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